The historic production, with sets by Mestres Cabanes, returns to the Liceu with Rowley, Margaine and Meade
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Aida as our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw it, set against the hyper-realist scenery designed in 1945 by the Catalan artist from Manresa, Josep Mestres Cabanes. This splendid creation of the great Catalan school of set design emphasizes the grandeur – and also the intimacy – of Verdi's third-before-last opera, remaining true to the historicist tradition without ever lapsing into kitsch.
In his tensely dramatic Aida, the 58-year-old Verdi displays his colossal strength and musical and theatrical savoir-faire to relate the love triangle that causes Aida, Amneris and Radamès to pursue their passion, love and hatred to the very last consequences. The background of Ancient Egypt – the work was written to mark the opening of the Suez Canal – provides the excuse for the grandiose choral and symphonic scenes, which alternate with exquisite arias throughout the extensive score.
The Liceu debut of American soprano Angela Meade.
Opera in four acts. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. World premiere: 24/12/1871 at the Cairo Opera House. First Barcelona performance: 16/04/1876 at the Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 25/02/1877. Last Liceu performance: 30/07/2012. Number of Liceu performances: 456.
Approximate running time 3h 50m
- Prelude 4m
- First act 36m
- Interval 20m
- Second act 45m
- Interval 30m
- Third act 35m
- Interval 20m
- Fourth act 35m
- Gustavo Gimeno
- Stage director
- Thomas Guthrie
- Angelo Smimmo
- Set design
- Josep Mestres Cabanes
- Set adaptation and restoration
- Jordi Castells
- Franca Squarciapino
- Lighting design
- Albert Faura
- E. Rancati s.r.l
- Pompei 2000, s.r.l.
- Audello Teatro s.r.l.
- Stage Director Assistant
- Anna Crespo
- Costumes Assistant
- Laura Lo Surdo
- Gran Teatre del Liceu
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
- Kostadin Bogdanoski
- Musical Director Assistant
- Josep Gil i Gil
- Musical assistants
- Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong and Jaume Tribó
|The King||Mariano Buccino|
|Amneris||Clémentine Margaine||13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February|
|Judit Kutasi||14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February|
|Aida||Angela Meade||13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February|
|Jennifer Rowley||14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February|
|Radamès||Yonghoon Lee||13th,16th,19th,22th,23th,27th,30th January and 1th February|
|Luciano Ganci||14th,17th,20th January|
|Walter Fraccaro||28th,31th January and 2th February|
|Ramfis||Kwangchul Youn||13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February|
|Marko Mimica||14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February|
|Amonasro||Franco Vassallo||13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February|
|Àngel Òdena||14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February|
|A messenger||Josep Fadó|
|High Priestess||Berna Perles|
- Soprano Jennifer Rowley will sing the tittle role in Verdi's Aida, replacing Anna Pirozzi.
- Baritone Àngel Òdena will perform the role of Amonasro, replacing Marco Vratogna, who has withdrawn due to illness.
- On the performance of January 23, 2020, the part of Ramades was performed by Tenor Yonghoon Lee, replacing Luciano Ganci due to illness.
- On the performance of January 28 & 31, and February 2, 2020, the part of Ramades was performed by Tenor Walter Fraccaro, replacing Luciano Ganci due to illness.
Information of Interest
Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.
Wednesday January 8 at 7.30pm
Q&A sessions with some of the soloists of Verdi's Aida.
Reasons not to miss'AIDA'
- One of Verdi's finest operas, suitable for all ages: the best possible way of celebrating the festive season.
- Grandeur and intimacy in an emotion-packed plot.
- A love triangle set in Ancient Egypt.
- An Aida for all times, in a classical production.
- This emblematic Liceu show transports us from the 21st century back to the 1940s.